Artist | Louise Lawler (*1947)

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    • Louise Lawler

      Something About Time And Space But I'm Not Sure What It Is1998

About the work

About the work

"My pictures present information about the ,reception' of artworks."
Louise Lawler

"Making works of art whose supports are consistently drawn from the lowest rungs of commodity culture, from matchbooks, from dimestore glassware, but also from the visual vocabularies of journalistic and commercial photography, Louise Lawler's relation to these supports is not ironic but meditative, almost loving."
Rosalind Krauss

The central image in Louise Lawler's exhibition of new photographs at Metro Pictures is Andy Warhol's "Silver Clouds." Lawler's photographs of two installation views of Warhol's clouds are exhibited in the gallery in two sizes and a rainbow of vivid colors. The installation is a flat shadowed, multicolored, photographic simulation of the multiple helium-filled pillows of the famous original Warhol piece.

In addition to this witty acknowledgement of Warhol's enormous influence on art during the past 25 years, Lawler includes new images from recent Christie's contemporary art auctions that show works by her contemporaries Jeff Koons and Robert Gober, among other auction favorites. A more sober edition of nine striking black and white prints that on closer inspection shows a Calder mobile lying against a white ground was photographed in the storage area of the Modeme Museet in Stockholm. Each of the nine prints is framed in a different bright color that provides a typically subtle and Lawleresque comment on the nature of multiples and the desire to exercise individual taste.

For the past 20 years, Lawler has photographed "art" as presented in private homes, in museums, galleries, auction houses, public buildings and in museum and gallery storage areas. Lawler is fascinated by what "happens" to the art object after it leaves the artist's studio - where it goes, how it's displayed, how it's valued, what it means. In a Lawler photograph taken in a private home, the furnishings and objects surrounding the art are given as much attention as the art; in a museum, the view out of the window next to the artwork; in an auction house, the label identifying the'artwork. Lawler shows us how our perception of art is affected by the environment that surrounds it and how it in turn affects all aspects of that environment.

Over the years Lawler has ventured into areas of ordinary objects that are imbued with the status of "art" by virtue of selection and treatment, as in Lawler's crystal paperweights with art images drinking glasses with etched phrases, matchbooks with text, wall labels with image and text, as well as her carefully crafted exhibition announcements, titles for shows, and in the case of a group show at the Museum of Modem Art, napkins for the museum cafe.

Exhibitions - Museums

Exhibitions - Museums

1984 Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford
1987 "Projects", The Museum of Modem Art, New York
1990 The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
1993 Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
1994 Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva
1995 Munich Kunstverein, Munich (1995)
1997 Hirshhom Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
1999 "The Museum As Muse", Museum of Modem Art, New York
2000 Whitney Biennial

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Exhibition History 

Exhibition History

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Venue types: Gallery / Museum / Non-Profit / Collector
Exhibitions in artist-info 144 (S 20/ G 124) Did show together with - Top 5 of 2607 artists
(no. of shows) - all shows - Top 100
Richard Prince (33)- 255
Cindy Sherman (32)- 337
Sherrie Levine (28)- 169
John Baldessari (27)- 315
Barbara Kruger (26)- 132
Exhibitions by type
144:   65 / 39 / 35 / 5
Venues by type
99:   37 / 34 / 26 / 2
Curators 92
artist-info records Jun 1983 - May 2019
Countries - Top 5 of 15
United States (67)
Germany (34)
Switzerland (8)
France (7)
Canada (3)
Cities - Top 5 of 47
New York (53)
Frankfurt am Main (10)
Hamburg (7)
München (7)
Berlin (5)
Venues (no. of shows ) Top 5 of 99
Feature Inc. (9)
Metro Pictures (6)
White Columns (6)
Museum of Modern Art - MoMA (1/7) (3)
Curators (no. of shows) Top 5 of 92
Robert Nickas(4), Dirk Luckow(3), Elyse Goldberg(2), Luminita Sabau(2), Eugenio de Rebaudengo(2)
Offers/Requests Exhibition Announcement S / G Solo/Group Exhibitions   (..) Exhibitions + Favorites
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Nullpunkt der Orientierung

 - Fotografie als Verortung im Raum
DZ BANK [KUNSTSAMMLUNG] G Feb 2019 - May 2019 Frankfurt am Main (35) +0
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 - Vom Umgang mit der Wirklichkeit
DZ BANK [KUNSTSAMMLUNG] G Sep 2017 - Jan 2018 Frankfurt am Main (35) +0
Leber, Christina (Curator)       +0
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Louise Lawler

Museum of Modern Art - MoMA (1/7) S Apr 2017 - Jul 2017 New York (1057) +1
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Manifesta 11

Manifesta 11 S Jun 2016 - Sep 2016 Zürich (1) +0
Jankowski, Christian (Curator)       +0
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 - Thirty Years of Books and Catalogs, etc. - Bob Nickas at White Columns
White Columns G Nov 2015 - Dec 2015 New York (236) +0
Nickas, Robert (Curator)       +0
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Greater New York

MoMA PS1 G Oct 2015 - Mar 2016 Long Island City (320) +0
Eleey, Peter (Curator)       +0
Crimp, Douglas (Curator)       +0
Lax, Thomas J. (Curator)       +0
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